David Matthew Shere is a faculty member of Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle, WA, where he teaches Jazz Improv and gives private guitar lessons.

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David has been performing and writing music from the early age of 7, beginning with lessons on his family’s spinet piano and later taking up the guitar at the age of 11. Originally a native of Dayton, OH and the surrounding area, David has been a successful guitar teacher in Chicago, IL and Santa Barbara, CA. He has performed in a wide range of ensemble settings both in and outside of academia, produced numerous successful recording projects, and coached a variety of bands.

David completed a Bachelor’s degree in music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA in 2003. In 2006 and 2007 he completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in music composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant at UC Santa Barbara, conducting classes in electronic music and music theory. He has also studied jazz performance extensively with such luminaries as Jim Knapp, Julian Priester, and Tom Talman, and classical performance with Roger Nelson and Jeremy Haladyna. As a composer, David has had acoustic and electronic works performed by the Odeon string quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, CREATE, and the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music. He has written several lengthy instruction books, many compositions, and countless tutorials for the guitar, and is a proud endorsee of Godin Guitars.


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